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2002 Mazda 121 Metro Shades review

I bought this car a couple of months ago, because I didn't have enough money to purchase a good car. I live in Iran and cars are so expensive here. This is a Ford Festiva, Kia Pride or Mazda 121 – here we call it a Pride 111. The engine was rebuilt five years ago – 1323cc, 71hp at 5000rpm and 108Nm of torque at 2750rpm, with a smooth five-speed manual transmission and a very soft clutch pedal...

2018 Mazda 3 Neo Sport review

I upgraded from a two-year-old Hyundai i30 to the Mazda 3. I've wanted a cute red Mazda 3 for years, and now I've got one. However, once I finally got it, I was disappointed. Overall, the car is good, but there are a heap of things you don't really pick up on in the test drive that just detract from the overall experience of the car...

2010 Mazda 3 SP25 review

    My 2010 SP25 with 75,000km is a superbly built car that continues to delight every time I drive it. I do many long trips and enjoy the extra power and torque of the 2.5-litre engine, especially when overtaking on country roads, along with the crisp shifting and light clutch on the six-speed manual...

2017 Mazda 3 SP25 Astina review

So, I had a top-spec 2003 Mazda 6 Luxury Sports. For a 14-year-old car, it had all the bells and whistles... Of its time. Fast-forward to 2017 and much has changed in the automotive world. It was time to update. I had considered a new Mazda 6 and took one for a test drive. While I was a big fan of it, I found it a fraction too large for a 30-year-old male with no dependants...

2010 Mazda 3 Neo review

Uncle Algis likes to drive fast, really fast! I’ll never forget one white knuckled, harrowing drive around the Dandenongs in the back of his old Toyota Troop Carrier that he was throwing around the corners like a Golf GTI. The only thing that stopped him was the scream of “Algis, Slow down!” from Aunty Nijole...

2018 Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport (4x4) review

I absolutely love my new car. It's easy to get into, and I don't have to bend my neck down. It took some time to discover all the bells and whistles, but I managed to with a thorough reading of the manual. I went in to buy a top-of-the-range Mazda 3, but when I saw the CX-5 I changed my mind. Thank god I did...

2017 Mazda CX-5 Touring (4x4) review

The Mazda CX-5 is a great small family car, with enough zoom-zoom to get around those three cars and caravan tailgating each other doing 80 in the 100 zone. The only gripe I have is that with a rear-facing car seat, the front passenger loses a considerable amount of leg room. In the boot, the pram just fits in with some Tetris skills...

2017 Mazda 3 SP25 GT review

So, a 28-year-old single male was looking for a good bang-for-your-buck, well-kitted hatchback that would make you say wow, and not for its looks. The contenders were the Focus Titanium, Polo GTI, Mazda 3 GT and an Astra RS-V. The winner – Mazda 3 SP25 GT. Why? Well, let’s look at the cost (and yes, running costs were factored in)...

2018 Mazda 3 Maxx Sport review

  I only recently bought the car – just last week. The exterior is beautiful, especially in the Soul Red crystal metallic paint colour. It has a gorgeous depth to it that just makes the car look totally stunning. The interior is also amazing and completely functional...

2018 Mazda CX-3 Akari (AWD) review

I downgraded from a 2017.5 CX-5 Maxx Sport to the 2018 CX-3 AWD petrol Akari, as I personally found the CX-5 a little too big for me. I loved the features, driver ride height and comfort, though, so I thought the CX-3 Akari would fit the bill. An acceptable compromise on driver ride height (seat set at highest setting), but you still get comfort, the driver-assistance features I enjoyed in the CX-5, and a better overall size for me...

2015 Mazda 2 Neo review

I bought my Mazda 2 two years ago coming from a Mazda 3 SP25. I decided to get a smaller and more efficient car, while also getting something newer in warranty. Originally when shopping for cars, I was interested in a Skoda Fabia, but because of a punchier engine and a better deal, I decided on the Mazda 2...